Overwhelmed? Clear your mind with four minutes of gratitude

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If you’re juggling multiple priorities, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But if you can’t take a vacation or  say “no” to new projects, what can you do to feel less rushed and more in control?

Over on Inc. Magazine, Kevin Daum outlines five ways we can clear our minds and regain focus and control over our work in 15 minutes. He recommends spending a few minutes on various activities—walking, sitting in silence—and for four minutes, he recommends showing gratitude:

The easiest way to slow down the pace is to remember why you are doing all of this to begin with. Use these minutes to contemplate how grateful you are for the people around you who support you and add value to your life. Be thankful for good health, good opportunities, and the wonders of the world you live in. You can take a broad approach and make a list, or pick one person and write a note. Send it tomorrow; no need for another task right now.

Read the rest of his advice on Inc.

This definitely resonated with me. Even if you stay on top of your work, it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re working so hard in the first place.

How do you clear your mind when work gets tough? Share your advice in the comments.


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    • Dara
    • January 14, 2015

    I recently decided to remind myself of some of the inspirational ideas that got me started in the first place. “What’s right isn’t always easy, and what is easy isn’t always right.” But I’d rather be working towards and in the interest of what is right than to relinquish the struggle any day.

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